Are you interested in police work within the criminal justice system? Do you enjoy physically and emotionally demanding work, and do you want to contribute to your community in a positive way? Take your curiosity about law and order and earn a law enforcement associate degree from Aims.
Law enforcement careers can be both challenging and rewarding. Working as a police officer requires honesty and integrity when working with the public and conducting investigations. The Aims Police studies program teaches you how to deal with the challenges and highlights of police work as you undergo rigorous physical and academic training to prepare for the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) exam, which is required to serve as a police officer in Colorado. During the three-year period between 2018 and 2020, an average of 94.95% Aims students passed the POST exam on the first try. During that same time period, 100% of Aims students ultimately passed the exam on subsequent attempts.
If you’re interested in becoming a police officer, start by applying for the Aims police academy, which includes Colorado state-accredited training that culminates in earning a Peace Officer Academy Certificate. All of the Peace Officer Academy Certificate courses can apply toward the Aims police studies associate degree.
You can also choose to earn a two-year law enforcement degree at Aims while attending the police academy. In addition to attending the police academy, earning an associate degree enhances your ability to obtain employment in law enforcement. If you want to take your education further, the Aims police officer degree transfers to CSU Global, where you can go on to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in criminal justice.
In the Aims police academy courses, you’ll learn basic skills and knowledge to perform the entry-level duties of a peace officer, including arrest and control techniques, conducting investigations and writing accurate and detailed police reports. The coursework and field training are designed to challenge you intellectually, emotionally and physically, while also preparing you to take the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) exam.
Part of your Aims police academy training will take place at the Flatrock Regional Training Center in Commerce City, Colorado, where you’ll gain skills in law enforcement driving, firearms training, arrest and control tactics, and the physical fitness challenges required for police officer certification. The rest of your education and training will take place on the Windsor campus.
Aims offers two learning tracks for earning a police degree: full-time and part-time. Aims is one of the few schools that offers a part-time option, giving you the flexibility to gain the same training over a longer time period.
If you have integrity, good people skills, enjoy mentally and physically challenging work, and want to help people and your community, earn a law enforcement associate degree at Aims and start a rewarding career as a police officer.
Aims instructor Donna Norwood shares how the Aims law enforcement associate degree program prepares you for the challenges and rewards of a career as a police officer.
The Aims police degree program combines classroom knowledge with intensive police academy skills training from instructors with direct work experience in law enforcement.
Build skills in subjects that police officers need to be successful in the field, including:
- POST exam standards
- Arrest and control techniques
- Effective communication
- Law enforcement driving
- Firearms training
- Report writing
- Police investigations
- Field sobriety tests
- Emergency first aid
- Physical fitness requirements for police officers
Choose from electives in forensic science, delinquent behavior, criminal profiling and more. General education requirements in subjects including public speaking and government round out your educational experience and help you develop the communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills necessary for police work.
The Aims police officer degree program is designed to prepare you for the Colorado POST certification exam, which is required to work as a police officer.
- Peace Officer Academy Certificate
Watch Aims graduate Ashley Perez talk about her time at Aims Community College and her journey through the Police Studies program.
If you want the training and knowledge to become a police officer and handle the unique challenges of this career, the Aims law enforcement associate degree program can help you. In addition to receiving training to prepare for the POST certification exam, you’ll learn skills that are vital to the job, including effective communication, remaining calm under stressful circumstances and teamwork.
As part of your degree program, your instructors and advisors can help you prepare a resume and learn interviewing skills. Aims job fairs give you opportunities to practice these career skills with law enforcement recruiters from local municipalities and agencies. Adjunct instructors who work in law enforcement and guest speakers invited to attend your classes will give you the chance to ask questions about what departments are seeking from recruits.
Police Studies Faculty and Staff
Learn from instructors with experience in law enforcement, including adjunct professors who currently work as police officers. Your instructors can bring their expertise into the classroom and teach you how things work in the field. You’ll also get insight into what knowledge and skills departments are seeking from potential hires.
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Degree at a Glance
Degree TypeAssociate of Applied Science
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